DIY – Chinese New Year Decoration

The year of the Horse is here! This is a fairly simple craft for adults and kids. View my snapguide to create your own. Enjoy!


DIY: Green Smoothie

I am a big breakfast person. I love it all all: pancakes, waffles, cereal, eggs…etc However, I am beginning to get tired of my usual breakfast foods. A quick internet search yielded a wide selection of options, including smoothies. So I decided to give one a whirl.

Whit’s green smoothie (modified from several recipes)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries and mango
2/3 cup coconut water
1 small banana
1 cup kale


Put all items in a wide cup and blend using a hand mixer or blend in a blender.


Enjoy your smoothie!

Crafting Apps Series- 1) Snapguide

Crafting Apps Series- 1) Snapguide

One of the reasons I decided to switch over to an iPhone is to gain access more apps. In terms of crafting, there are tons! This week I will profile a few of my favorites.

Snapguide is a social media site and app that is perfect for viewing and creating how to guides. This site encompasses a variety of topics to search such as Arts and Crafts, Beauty, Food, Gardening, and Photography. The site makes it super easy to make guides incorporating pictures and videos. All you have to do is snap your pictures, edit them, and post! Check out my quick guide for Lacy Hearts for Valentine’s Day  (great for kids!). There is also a cool feature of being able to post a request. Here you can submit a request for people to make a guide for you such as, ” How do I prepare vintage looking paper flowers.”  As all social media you can also share you guides with your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest followers.


Getting to Business

It is hard to admit when you are not good at something. However, that is what life is all about. Admitting and then accepting that you need to improve yourself in order to be a better you.  So readers I have a confession:  I am not a good business woman. :(.

The art of business is  foreign to me.  Beyond the exchanging of money for goods,  I’ve got nothing. I remember hating fundraisers in school where you had to go around asking people to buy stupid things like wrapping paper or magazine subscriptions. Even though the person was gaining something, it always felt like I was bothering people.

I am also kid of shy. So the idea of being so outgoing that I promote myself in an appealing matter makes me super uncomfortable. I don’t really like talking about myself in a way that sounds like I am “showboating.”  Yeah I will tell a story about traveling or my work, but I would never do it in a way that says, “Look at me!”

Yet, these are two of the most important skills in having a business!! If you are not selling and promoting yourself how will people know about your awesome product?! So my goal is to overcome these issues. This past week I committed myself to researching how to be a better business woman. Almost all of the sites I looked at echoed this :  I need to set a goal or a trajectory for what I want out of my business. So blog world I am advertising my goal hoping it will push me in the direction I need to go.  My goal is to have at least 15 views on my Etsy store site per day by September.  I am not sure if this is realistic, but no one gets where they want to go without aiming high.

So how am I going to get to 15 views per day?

1) Better self promotion through Instagram, Facebook, and word of mouth. Word of mouth has been the best source so far. I also need to update my business cards so when I get that question, “Oh do you have a store?” I can say YES!

2) Display more quality photos of my products. I am not a photographer nor a model. However, I have been practicing photo taking with my camera more.

3) Weekly update my store with product. Guess I better get to my LYS 🙂

If anyone has any strategies as to how you work your business online or in person, I (and other readers) would love to hear it.

And as always check out my shop: KnitsbyWhitG and follow me on Instagram: fabwhitty.  Also please use the comments section to promote your shop. I would love to see and support others as well.

Here are some of my knits in action: